Tree is a historical reminder of the days of
the wild west. Days when people were trying to find their way
in a new world. A land of lawlessness, heavily fueled by greed
created from the Cariboo Gold Rush. The Hangman's Tree is where
the perceived "bad guys" were hung in the days of the
Many were scheduled to be hung from the tree by order of BC's
most famous "hanging judge" - Matthew Bailie Begbie.
Today, the tree is no longer standing - age taking its toll. What
remains of the tree is on display, to this day, in pieces where
it once stood.
Cayoosh Park is where the tree sits today in the town of Lillooet.
The popular neighbourhood park sits on a hill providing great
views of the community, Fraser River and Fountain Ridge.
Cayoosh Park is covered with looming ponderosa pine trees, some
the direct descendants of the Hangman Tree. Amongst the trees
is a series of picnic tables - some in the shade, some in the
The fallen tree rests, as the story goes, beside the grave of
William Armitage convicted of the murder of Thomas Clegg on October
15th, 1863. The story continues that of the people hung from the
tree that their remains were buried under the Chinese
Rock Pilings which are also part of the communities historical
How to get to Hangman's
Tree: Once in the community of Lillooet, travel
down Main Street to 7th Avenue. Turn onto 7th avenue which turns
onto Russell Lane. Keep an eye out for the information sign and
the main Chinese Rock Piling on your right. Located just up the
street is Cayoosh park and Hangman's Tree.
Contact information for
the local Lillooet community accommodations, tours, guides,
activities, campgrounds, golf courses, attractions, realtors,
etc. are posted under the community links listed to your